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- Feb 6 20172 minutes
Life Behind Bars
It was a trial that riveted the nation. Now, more than 2 decades after being convicted for murdering their wealthy parents, Lyle and Erik Menendez search for ‘meaning beyond the tragedy’
- Feb 7 20175 minutes
Video Games Do Guilt Better Than Any Other Art
The idea that motion pictures can be works of art has been around since the 1920s, and it hasn’t really been disputed since. It’s easy to see why—cinema shares characteristics with theater in terms of acting, direction, music, set design, narrative,
- Jan 22 20175 minutes
Donald Trump's Authoritarian Politics of Memory
Driven by opportunism, pragmatism, or fear, many begin to forget that they used to think certain things were unacceptable.
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked In The Last Decade
Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.
- Feb 3 20177 minutes
When ‘Locker Room Talk’ Leads To Suspensions
Elite colleges including Harvard and Columbia are suspending athletes due to lewd private messages.
- Jun 27 20162 minutes
On Campuses, ‘Party Culture’ No Longer Excuses Rape
EARLIER THIS MONTH, BROCK ALLEN Turner, the ex–Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a fraternity dumpster, received two sentences. The first, from the Santa Clara County Superior Court, was light: six months i
- Aug 1 20161 minute
‘Honor Killings’ and the Murder of a Social-Media Star
TARA JOHN ON JULY 15, QANDEEL BALOCH, a Pakistani social-media star, was strangled to death by her brother for “dishonoring” the family name by being outspoken about female sexuality. So-called honor killings are widespread in Pakistan, where more t
- Feb 10 20174 minutes
Rikers Island Guard Guilty In Beating Death Of Prisoner
The facility where Brian Coll kicked Ronald Spear to death is so violent it’s currently under federal oversight.
- Dec 12 20165 minutes
Global Conflicts To Watch In 2017
The greatest unknown for U.S. interests in the world might be the United States itself.
- Jan 23 20171 minute
Nightmare At The Airport
Friends and family share stories of the loved ones who were killed when a gunman attacked a Florida airport
- Jan 26 20173 minutes
Chicago's Police Aren't 'Overly Politically Correct'
President Trump’s assumption that law-enforcement officers in Chicago are too restrained gets the city’s challenges precisely backward.
- Oct 31 20161 minute
The Social Cost of Solitary Confinement
ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES FROM FEDERAL agencies, there are tens of thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement—put there not by judges or juries but at the discretion of prison administrators. Often the conditions are extreme: one California prisoner
- Jan 30 20173 minutes
Trump's Immigration Order Is a Propaganda Victory for ISIS
The American president has reinforced the victimhood narrative at the core of the Islamic State’s recruitment pitch.
- Jan 18 20173 minutes
In Defense of the Chelsea Manning Commutation
Those who worry that it undermines state secrets would do better to start addressing the core reasons that the classification system is losing legitimacy.
- Nov 25 20165 minutes
‘Do Not Resist’ Puts Militarized Police Under Fire
American law enforcement is using billions of dollars worth of military equipment, sometimes in ways it shouldn’t, according to a new documentary.
- Feb 17 20174 minutes
How Gun Violence Literally Infects Communities
A new study provides the first evidence that gun violence spreads exactly like a blood-borne pathogen.
- Feb 7 20178 minutes
The Sentimental Sadist
Ghosts and schmaltz haunt George Saunders’s first novel.
- Feb 13 20172 minutes
Law Pushing Back on Public Dissent
Elise Young and Janan Hanna As political activists take to the streets in the largest numbers since the 1960s, Republicans in statehouses across the U.S. are devising laws to regulate public dissent. They say free speech doesn’t cover the kind of vi
- Jan 16 20171 minute
Turkey Remains In The Crosshairs As A New Year Dawns
JARED MALSIN THE PARTYERS WHO WENT TO Istanbul’s Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve had hoped to celebrate the end of a year marked by violence and upheaval in Turkey and across the Middle East. Barely an hour after the clock marked 2017’s arrival, a
- Nov 25 20164 minutes
Afghanistan’s Other Refugee Crisis
Reports of intensified harassment have fed suspicions that Pakistan is pushing out long-term refugees in what could be the the world's largest forced migration.
- Feb 2 20173 minutes
Donald Trump Declares a Vision of Religious Nationalism
At the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, the president focused on the violent, ideological threats to America.
- Dec 12 20161 minute
Burma’s Oppressed Muslims at Crisis Point
FELIZ SOLOMON THOUSANDS OF BURMA’S MUSLIM Rohingya are facing worsening abuses by the military after parts of western Rakhine state were placed on lockdown following an Oct. 9 attack on border police blamed on Rohingya jihadists. Amid reports of rap
- Nov 28 20164 minutes
A Serial Killer in South Carolina
After Kala Brown is rescued from being chained inside a storage container for 2 months, police uncover at least 3 bodies nearby—and her murderous captor’s chilling secrets
- Oct 1 20163 minutes
Targeting The Trolls
One congresswoman is trying to get cops, techies, and politicians to stop brushing off online harassment.
- Oct 10 20161 minute
India’s Cautious Kashmir Solution
New Delhi limits fallout from a militant attack, but more must be done for Kashmiris
- Jul 25 20162 minutes
Nightmare in America ‘This Must Stop’
After the fatal shootings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, a heavily armed gunman kills 5 Dallas police officers, opening racial wounds around the nation and leaving grieving loved ones desperate for answers—and peace
- Oct 1 20161 minute
Putting Lynching On The Map
A new movement is memorializing forgotten sites of racist violence.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
4 Steps For The Next President
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
- Feb 16 20174 minutes
How The Blood of Emmett Till Still Stains America Today
A new history of the most famous lynching in the country provides context on how racism continues to work in the present.
- Dec 3 201511 minutes
When Destructive Behavior Makes Biological Sense: For people raised in chaos, risk-taking is hardwired.
Robin Marvel was never supposed to succeed. By the time she was a teenager she’d watched her mother be violently beaten by her father and a number of boyfriends, been sexually assaulted herself, moved haphazardly around the country, become an alcohol